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Departmental News:

Balsa Wood Bridge Competition

The Department of Civil Engineering joined the rest of the CWRU campus in celebrating Engineers Week and helped wrap up a successful week by hosting the annual Model Bridge Competition. Over 140 students from nine area high schools built bridges made entirely of balsa wood to be tested on Friday in the Vanderhoof Infrastructure Research and Education Facility. In addition to the requirement that bridges be made entirely of balsa wood, bridges were required to span 24 inches while being less than 8” tall and 12” wide. Throughout the afternoon all of the student’s bridges were loaded to their ultimate capacity by members of the Civil Engineering Department.

On May 24th, the 17th Annual Great Lakes Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Conference will be hosted on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Focusing on GeoEngineering in the Face of Energy and Sustainability Challenges, this year’s GLGGC will provide a forum for presenting some of the advancements made in response recent challenges in topics such as transportation and urban infrastructure systems, geohazards mitigation, development of renewable energy, geological carbon sequestration, and exploration of new energy sources.

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit the conference webpage. Any questions can be directed to Xiong (Bill) Yu, Ph.D., P.E.

The Bingham Building is now home to two fidelity driving simulators. Located in the NSF MRI Driving Simulation Lab, the simulators are used for use in ground vehicle research and training applications. The fully integrated high fidelity driving simulator includes a customized 360° wrap around display (the first of its type installed in the United States) as well as a full-width automobile cabinet, complete with two side and one center rearview LCD mirrors.

Urban SceneResearch is planned in the areas of transportation safety improvement, driver cognitive feedback, human factors, human machine interfaces, rehabilitation, and prosthesis, among other topics. Read more about the lab here.

Michael Pollino, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, recently secured a large grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “NEESR: Seismic Rehabilitation of Substandard Building Structures through Implementation of Stiff Rocking Cores.”

Graduate Fellowship RecipientsA ceremony was held on October 27, 2011 to honor the recipients of this year’s graduate Fellowships in Civil Engineering. The recipients for this year’s Saada Family Fellowship are Yuru Li and Quan Gao, for W.R. Persons Fellowship are Zhen Liu, Kamil Nizamiev, and Hao Yu, and for Richard and Opal Vanderhoof Fellowship for BS/MS students are Yuan Gao, Kane Riggenbach, Guo Xu, and Lin Wan.At the ceremony, each student was presented with an award certificate. In addition, plaques with the student’s names are displayed on the second floor in Bingham Building. The department would like to extend its congratulations to these outstanding students and thank the Saada Family, the W.R. Persons Family, and the Vanderhoof Family for their continued support of the Department of Civil Engineering and its students.